It is important that children’s eyes are tested as early as possible because so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes. Children as young as two or under can have a sight test at Radyr Eyecare. It is essential for your child to have a sight test if there is a family history of any eye condition, or if either parent wears glasses.
Although screening may be done through schools this check is not as thorough as a full sight test and often doesn’t include a check of the health of the eyes.
Once they’ve had their first eye exam, your child will soon get into the habit of having their eyes checked regularly. We like to see children at least every year to ensure we and you are looking after their precious sight and to help you with any questions you have about your child’s vision. Come in with your child to see us anytime. Older children may be interested in contact lenses – click here for more information.
At Radyr Eyecare we have a wide range of children’s frames (including designer frames) with a shape, style, colour and size to suit each individual child.
Our friendly dispensing optician is here to offer help when you and your child are ready to choose the frames and lenses you need. We can also supply frames and lenses from the specified prescription if your child has taken a sight test elsewhere (for example, the hospital).
Sunglasses for children
The importance of full UV protection cannot be over stated particularly for children and certainly where there is so much reflected light from the water.
Compared to their parents, children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and are outside without eye protection much more frequently and for longer periods than most adults.
Many parents take great care to ensure that their children have adequate UV block on their skin, and then totally ignore the eyes.
It is estimated that 80 per cent of lifetime exposure to ultra-violet occurs by the age of 18 and that a child’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults.